Sixth Annual Conference of the Australasian Bayesian Network Modelling Society (ABNMS2014)

November 24 - 25, 2014: Pre-Conference Tutorials
November 26 - 27, 2014: Conference
Rotorua, New Zealand


The 2014 ABNMS modelling workshop and symposium will be held in Rotorua (New Zealand) from the 24-27th November. The modelling workshop 24-25th November will be followed by the ABNMS Symposium on the 26-27th November. The workshops are to be held at Waiariki Institute of Technology and the symposium at the Rotorua Holiday Inn. Discounted accommodation is available at the Holiday Inn for the duration of the event with plenty of additional options located near to the symposium venue.

You will be able to register for the tutorials and the conference separately. The final day of the conference will finish early (4:15pm) to allow participants to catch end of day flights out of Rotorua.

Keynote Speaker

The conference organisers are pleased to announce that Dr Bruce Marcot of the US Forest Service will deliver the keynote address. Dr Marcot's research includes the assessment and modelling the of future climate change effects and other stressors on at-risk species, including the polar bear, northern spotted owl, Pacific walrus, and other high-latitude wildlife species. He is also developing and applying structured decision-aiding models and methods for informing listing decisions and threats evaluations of at-risk species and injurious invasive species; assessing causes and effects of sea level rise on coastal marshes; modelling the influence of alternative old-forest reserve designs on the viability of northern spotted owls; and developing new ways to bridge ecological and cultural values of subsistence resources used by indigenous peoples of southeast Alaska. A comprehensive summary of Dr Marcot's Bayesian Network research can be found on his personal website:

Key Dates

Call for abstracts:29th August 2014
Abstract submission deadline:24th October 2014 (extended)
Decision on abstracts:31st October 2014
Deadline for conference registration:
(including preconference tutorials)
7th November 2014


Two day tutorial
Students$150 (includes 1 year membership to ABNMS)
Non-students$250 (non-members)
$200 (members)


Details on making payments can be found here.

Travel Grants

The Australasian Bayesian Network Modelling Society (ABNMS) is offering 4 travel grants to attend the ABNMS Tutorials and Conference 24-27 November 2014 Rotorua, New Zealand. Awards will be for $250 to $500 to contribute to the costs of travel to and from the conference.

Three Student Grants will be awarded and one 2014 Travel Grant for any person who attended the ABNMS pre-conference tutorials in 2013 in Hobart, Tasmania and will present in 2014.

Applications should include a brief statement indicating the type of travel grant being applied for, justifying the application, an estimate of travel costs, a scanned signed statement from an academic supervisor verifying student status (if in application for one of the student travel grants), and a CV. An abstract of the talk to be presented at the conference must be submitted in parallel (see the Call for Abstracts). Student travel grants will only be awarded if the recipient registers for the conference and tutorials. Please note the 2014 Travel Grant recipient is not required to register for the pre-conference tutorials.

Travel grant applications must be submitted by email to by 20 September 2014.


ABNMS would like to gratefully acknowledge our conference sponsors: